Toy Box

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Project by jdp12678 posted 12-27-2012 01:22 AM 1671 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first project to put on LJ. I have wanted to do some projects for quite some time and finally put forth some effort over the last few weekends and this is the result. I found a toy box plan that I liked and made a few modifications (ie. lid). I used 3/4” birch plywood for the main box and 1x pine for the face frames and lid. I used pocket hole joinery as the method of assembly. For the lid I purchased a 1×10x12 pine board cut into 3 – 4 foot sections, joined the sides with a hand planer and glued it up.

For the finish I used a wood conditioner (I know it doesn’t look like it) and Minwax Jacobean stain. It took quite a while as I only did one side at a time as I was worried I would leave the stain on too long if I attempted more than one side at a time. After the stain was on, I decided it didn’t look that great and sanded the entire toy box and then repeated. It didn’t look much better the second time around and on the 2nd go around I was more liberal in my application of wood conditioner. Oh well.

To finish it up, I applied 4 coats of poly. The lid is attached with a piano hinge and 2 spring supports.

What I learned:
- staining pine and birch is no fun.
- bugs are attracted to polyurethane.
- tweezers and a steady hand can remove bugs from wet/tacky polyurethane.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 12-27-2012 03:36 AM

Very nice toy box

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 12-27-2012 05:11 PM

Very nice! Well done ..

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#3 posted 12-27-2012 07:04 PM

Nice job. Keep up the learning!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-27-2012 10:16 PM

Thanks for the compliments, I enjoyed building it

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#5 posted 12-28-2012 12:58 PM

Well done, looks great!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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